Thursday, October 11, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: Neve Campbell Joins GREY'S; Nashville on NASHVILLE; Kim Rave Joins SECRET LIVES; Matt Bomer To NEW NORMAL

Neve Campbell joins GREY'S ANATOMY
Campbell is set to appear in multiple episodes of ABC’s long-running medical drama as one of Derek’s (Patrick Dempsey) four sisters.

NASHVILLE's Connie Britton on trusting her voice and the Friday Night Lights movie
"The Grand Ole Opry has been through many various hardships and renovations over the years, and so there’s this circle of wood floor from the original Grand Ole Opry on the stage where you stand and sing, and you can really feel the energy of all the people who’ve been there over so many, many years. It’s really exciting. I kind of lay down and wriggled around all over it. [Laughs.]"

On the FNL movie: "I actually have a script. But I haven’t read it yet. Your readers will be so disappointed to know that I’ve been so busy working on NASHVILLE, I haven’t had time to read it yet. But there is a script. And where there’s a script, there’s a way. [Laughs.] I think there’s some serious movement forward on this. It’s just about finding a time when everyone can do it. Or at least time for everyone to read the script."

NASHVILLE nighttime soap captures fun, Music City's spark
"Nashville looks like Nashville — beautiful. There are sparkling skyline shots, views of the Cumberland River, Opryland hotel, the Titans Stadium and the Grand Ole Opry stage. Best of all, there’s nary a honky-tonk. Instead of the stereotypical camera views of lower Broadway, they shot a scene in the Hermitage Hotel’s Capitol Grille. There is one mention of Tootsies and a lone sighting of a Loveless Cafe T-shirt. Del McCoury is an extra in it. The music is flat-out enjoyable."

ABC getting $155K per 30-second commercial in NASHVILLE
NASHVILLE is the priciest new marketing environment on the broadcast TV schedule, fetching $155,000 per 30-second spot, according to SQAD NetCosts estimates. It’s also the show that critics seem to enjoy the most, earning a score of 84 out of a possible 100 points on Metacritic.

Is NASHVILLE Really Nashville?
"Say hello to the new Nashville, the flashy, glossy side of town, where there are no old or ugly country singers."

Kim Raver To Star In Lifetime Pilot THE SECRET LIVES OF WIVES
Inspired by the book by Iris Krasnow, THE SECRET LIVES OF WIVES explores the unvarnished truth behind the marriages of four different women – Michelle (Raver), Reed (Salli Richardson), Keaton (Amber Clayton) and Jessie (Lauren Bittner). Michelle is described as a naturally elegant, generous and grounded woman who is the rock of her small circle of best friends.The pilot is produced by Lin Pictures in association with Warner Horizon Television.

GUIDING LIGHT alum and WHITE COLLAR star Matt Bomer to visit THE NEW NORMAL
Ryan Murphy announced the news via Twitter: "Guess who's coming on The New Normal as Bryan's sexy ex-boyfriend? The one and only Matt Bomer!!!"

MOCKINGBIRD LANE Lives: MUNSTERS Reboot Pilot To Air As A Halloween Special
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network has decided to air the pricey $10 million pilot, which has been in development for two years, as a Halloween special. MOCKINGBIRD LANE will air Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. before GRIMM.

Jane Fonda joins ABC pilot
The show has a mother/daughter premise with Fonda likely playing the mother.

Salon to Mitt Romney: Please leave FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS alone
FNL is the most genuinely bipartisan piece of art American mass culture has produced in the last decade. It’s a Texas-set ode to the importance, integrity and strength of the hetero-normative family and community do-it-yourself-ism that’s also a paean to public schools and public servants and the safety nets they provide for the young and underprivileged. Coach Eric Taylor is a great man, but who could say if he votes Republican or Democrat? Depending on your political persuasion it’s possible to read “FNL” as a “red” or “blue” series — to extract the message you want out of it, to ascribe your preferences to its characters — but not because it is one or the other. Rather, it is truly both red and blue, deeply respectful of all of its characters, however one imagines they would vote.

Starz reveals new slogan "Starz: Taking You Places" and may be taken over
Liberty Media chairman John Malone finally took on the big question for Starz as his company prepares to spin it off: In a Q&A session at the end of Liberty’s Investor Day presentations, he indicated that once the premium cable network company is independent it likely will decide to sell itself to another company.

Ryan Murphy teased her will "tussle with Jessica Lange."

Mark Gordon Co. Sells SEX DIARIES Dramedy, PROS & CONS Drama To ABC
The Mark Gordon Company has sold two more hourlong projects to ABC: SEX DIARIES, inspired by New York magazine’s popular weekly feature, and PROS & CONS. Both are executive produced by Gordon and Nicholas Pepper and produced by ABC Studios, where the Mark Gordon Co. has a rich production deal.

Glenn Close, James Franco And Brit Marling To Star In The Grace That Keeps This World
The story follows a father and his sons as they prepare for the upcoming hunting season. Family conflicts arise when a rookie environmental cop begins an investigation of hunting violations that reveals a family divided by their life choices.

It is described as thriller-dramatic soap that centers on a murder and the secrets and lies within a tightly woven group of three suburban couples and their families exposed in its aftermath. Martin, who is recurring in SMASH this season, will play half of one of the couples, Greg Cooke, a perpetual frat boy and former hedge fund manager whose faltering finances force him into partnering with an unsavory business associate. Also starring in the pilot are Perrey Reeves and Nicole Ari Parker.

Greeks tune in to Turkish soap opera, despite critics views
THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY is comprised of historical recreations of 16th-century Sultan Suleiman's life and slick soap opera-like tales of intrigue and family drama, prompting alarmed nationalists to issue warnings that fans should stop watching.

Mark Consuelos to guest in GUYS WITH KIDS
Playing baby Ernie’s new “manny,” Kelly Ripa’s other half will butt heads with Chris (Jesse Bradford) when the latter becomes increasingly jealous of his son’s caretaker.

GLAAD’s Spirit Day coming October 19
GLAAD announced participants for Spirit Day including DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Freddie Smith.

Former NEIGHBOURS star Kylie Minogue was shocked when the Aussie soap became so big in Britain
In a documentary to broadcast on Radio 2 last night, the singer revealed: "When we heard that NEIGHBOURS was starting to show here, we thought it would be on at lunchtime, a bit like DAYS OF OUR LIVES in Australia, which we only saw if we were having a sick day from school. As the news filtered back of this hysteria, you couldn’t really believe it because we were still at Channel Ten studios. It wasn’t like we were making the show here and could feel it."

First look at EASTENDERS star Tameka Empson's 'B&B' spinoff
EASTENDERS bosses have released a short preview clip of Kim Fox's (played by Tameka Empson) new online spinoff THE B&B. As announced last month, THE B&B will take the style of a mock-documentary focusing on Kim's business. Ahead of episode one going live tomorrow (October 12), the new teaser video shows Kim trying to impress in front of the camera - but things aren't running totally smoothly.

ITV Job Vacancy: Editorial Assistant at CORONATION STREET
"An exciting opportunity has become available to support our script department with all areas of script production, ensuring deadlines are met and continuity issues identified and resolved."

Celebrate CORRIE's 52nd birthday with walking tour
New Manchester Walks are offering a walking tour called: The Coronation Street Story: The Soap, The Street. If you're interested in joining the walk, all you have to do is turn up at the Midland Hotel steps, Peter Street, Manchester, at 12 noon on December 9th - and have fun.

Herman Zimmerman to Receive Art Director's Guild Lifetime Achievement Award
Zimmerman began his career in 1965 working for NBC as assistant art director on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He worked on more than 35 television series and theatrical films throughout his 47 years in the industry.

1 comment:

  1. Jane Fonda joins ABC pilot:
    "The show has a mother/daughter premise with Fonda likely playing the mother."

    Very funny comment! Like, who would they get to play her mother if she was the daughter?